It's Data Privacy Day, so put our beset tips for keeping your computer safe, secure, and totally private all in one place. Nothing is worse than having your computer hacked into, your personal information stolen, or becoming a victim of fraud. Take charge of your online well-being with these tips and how-tos.
Commemorate the fifth annual Data Privacy Day by learning how to be proactive about guarding your personal data — and sharing that info with other cybercitizens like yourself! StaySafeOnline.org's Data Privacy Day page is a comprehensive resource for good privacy practices on the web, with tips specifically geared toward kids, teens, educators, and businesses.
StaySafeOnline.org is provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit committed to cyber security awareness. There are especially handy tips for mobile and social networking privacy that apply to any digital citizen, young or old, tech-savvy or not.
The site also includes detailed info on how parents can teach the next generation of Internet users about online safety and provides thorough educational materials for teachers at the K-12 and college level.
Check out StaySafeOnline.org, and let us know what new things you learned about being in control of your digital footprint.
We've had plenty of Instagram insta-regret: names spelled wrong, premature publishing, and downright embarrassing comments. Thankfully, there's a quick fix for all kinds of comment woes on Instagram, and all it takes is a tap and a swipe.
- On your own photos — If there are undesirables (or spammers) commenting on your photos, delete the unwanted post by hitting the comment button underneath a picture and swiping the comment to the right. It will reveal a trash can to delete and a shortcut to reply!
- On others' photos — You can only delete your own comments from other people's Instagram snaps. Hit the comment button and swipe to the right to delete. If there's a comment that really disturbs you, swipe to the right and hit the exclamation point to report spam or obscenity.
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
In honor of #DataPrivacyDay, we're taking control of our digital footprint by understanding what exactly social networking sites can do with our data. Twitter, for example, can remove tweets and delete accounts based on a request by a government agency (like the CIA or FBI) or copyright holders (like film studios or music companies), which, at first glance, may sound like a form of censorship.
But, in an effort to increase awareness about removal requests, Twitter released its latest Transparency Report today and a new site dedicated to making the data widely available at transparency.twitter.com. We broke down the numbers and made sense of what Twitter's Transparency Report means for tweeters like you.
- Copyright Notices — Reports of alleged copyright infringement far exceeded any other type of request. These "takedowns" are enabled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and were granted 53 percent of the time since July 2012. Most cease-and-desist requests came from private firms that specialize in antipiracy. The Recording Industry Association of America, which owns and distributes most recorded music in the US, was a top reporter.
- What this means — There are two ways accounts can be affected by takedown notices: specific tweets can be removed, or media, including profile, header, background, or Twitpic photos, can be deleted. Cease-and-desist orders are granted more than half the time, and, in 2012, 13,079 users were affected. Basically, if you're thinking about posting a link to a leaked album or an illegal movie download — don't.
Look at an overview of the numbers and find out how governments request user information or request content removal after the break.
- Needlessly insane moments from Star Trek — Cracked
- Signs Yahoo may actually be making a comeback — ReadWrite
- My, how far mobile apps have come in 13 years — BuzzFeed
- Vine already crawling with a . . . certain type of video — Geekosystem
- To do: make an Amazon-like résumé — Newser
- Truly absurd ways to destroy your gadgets — HuffPost Tech
- Doctor Strange is set to go big screen in the Marvel universe — SlashFilm
- How scientists captured the first-ever giant squid video — Mental Floss
Our mobile devices aren't much use without amazing apps — and in the last year, there were plenty to choose from. From photo editors to task managers, new mobile applications made our phones and tablets more useful than ever. Whip out that iTunes App Store and start downloading, because we've chosen some of our favorite apps of 2012, which you'll definitely need in 2013.
Red-carpet fashion and beauty coverage:
- Who wore what to the SAG Awards!
- See the hottest looks from the red carpet
- What do you think of the smoky eye trend?
- Hot-pink gowns ruled at the SAG Awards
- What do you think of January Jones's fashion-forward look?
- See how your favorite stars primped before the show
- Anne Hathaway is straight off the couture catwalk in a sheer black gown
Couples, friends, and the cute moments you may have missed:
- Jennifer Garner drinks up during the SAGs with Ben Affleck
- Check out the cutest couple moments at the SAG Awards
- See all the celebrity fun inside the show
- All the red-hot red-carpet stars at the SAG Awards
- Ben Affleck buddies up with Hugh Jackman on the red carpet
The list of all the winners, plus more SAG Awards fun:
J.J. Abrams is top of mind right now for geeks, as it was revealed Thursday he was in final talks to direct Star Wars Episode VII. While everyone seemed to have an opinion on the news, it reminded us of the sci-fi credentials already on his résumé. There are plenty of examples from his career — from bringing Star Trek back to the big screen to the story of a small town under alien attack in Super 8 — to ease a geek's mind concerning this uneasy Tatooine transition.
But where does the man who never seems to creatively rest get all this inspiration? Watch J.J. talk about his adoration of the design of Apple computers and even show off some Star Wars trivia in his TED Talk from 2007.
The Twitterverse nearly imploded from all of this week's major geek news. The Mars Curiosity rover joined the 2013 Inaugural Parade fleet, and flight director Bobak Ferdowsi sported a new 'do for the occasion. J.J. Abrams was tapped to direct the next Star Wars and celebrated five years of Fringe, while Game of Thrones geared up for its season-three premiere with new images of the cast.
Check out Bob, J.J., dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, and more in this week's top tweets of the week from geeks we love.